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Eight O’Clock Ferry to the Windward Side by Clive Stafford Smith

Posted in Politics with tags , on August 19, 2008 by gyma

I’ve posted a review of this book on my other blog, Books and More Books.  You can view it here.


Coney Island Waterboard Thrill Ride

Posted in Politics with tags , , on August 17, 2008 by gyma

I came across a story in this morning’s newspaper about the new attraction at Coney Island:  the Waterboard Thrill Ride.  At first I was appalled by the idea, but the longer I thought about it, the more I came to appreciate what the artist was trying to accomplish. 

I do wonder, however, how children will react to this.  There is a picture of SpongeBob SquarePants on the front of the attraction and he appeals to very young children.  I only hope parents will use good judgment in allowing their children to see this.

I think most of us can’t imagine what it must feel like to be waterboarded and I don’t believe I’ve seen too many depictions of it on the evening news.  So this is the next best thing, and something that will be seen by a lot of people who might not be paying very close attention to what our government has been doing in our names.

From the New York Times:

In interrupting a day at the beach with scenes of the United States government’s rougher practices, Mr. Powers is being deliberately provocative. “What’s more obscene,” he asks, “the official position that waterboarding is not torture, or our official position that it’s a thrill ride?”

Michael Nagle for the New York Times

Michael Nagle for the New York Times